In last week’s blog I talked about ROI (Return on Investment). Health outcomes (mortality, morbidity-how sick you are, life expectancy, healthcare status, functional limitations, etc.) are strongly impacted by your access to healthcare. And what influences ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE? Healthcare expenditures. COST!
And WOMEN HEALTHCARE CONSUMERS are impacted more often by cost than their MALE counterparts.
The primary driver of COST is VARIABILITY. There’s the FIRST PARTY— the provider — who provides the service. They each have their own master list of charges for different services, and these charge lists are different from provider to provider.